Square dance calling — the spoken instructions said over the music — makes participation easy. But there are other aspects — like the prevalence of gendered language such as “ladies and gents” — that can make square dancing an unwelcoming or confusing space. One group of friends in the Appalachian square dance scene are taking action to make the tradition more welcoming for all participants.Continue Reading Take Me to More News
A brush fire in the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve has grown in size.
The fire, near Beauty Mountain, has increased to 150 acres from 110 acres, according to the National Park Service. As of Thursday, it was 50 percent contained.
Park officials say drier conditions and increasing winds into the weekend could complicate the effort to manage it.
The park is getting help from firefighters from the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Another state crew from Pennsylvania is on the way.
The 70,000-acre park joined the National Park System last December. As of October, more than 1.4 million people visited the park since the beginning of the year.
Multiple trails and rock climbing areas remain closed due to the fire.